Incredible opener for MHS swimmers

By Steve Sell
November 30, 2016
Jim VanGoethem

NEWTON — If Tuesday’s first meet of the season is any indication, this could be the start of something special for McPherson High’s boys swimming team.

Even though the Bullpups don’t have the squad size of some of the other schools, they took second place in a strong Newton Invitational field. The Bullpups scored 256 points to trail only Andover Central, which scored 292. 

Newton was a distant third with 151. There were 10 teams in all.

“It was a great meet for us to start the season,” MHS coach Matt Morrow said. “I wasn't really sure how things would play out as we are usually middle-of-the-pack at this meet.  Andover Central is loaded with talent and we swam well against them. Out of 25 swims, we had 14 state-qualifying or state consideration times with seven of our swimmers meeting those standards.”

The 200 medley A-relay and 200 freestyle A-relay, both made up of Will Powers, Dawson VanGoethem, Carson Stone and Eric Gaeddert, placed first in both races and had solid state qualifying times. The 200 medley B-relay of Rece Reiman, Jori VanGoethem, Silas Steinert and Abe Walker had a state consideration time. The 400 freestyle relay team (Reiman, Silas Steinert, Jori VanGoethem and Gavin Soukup) placed fourth and had a state consideration time.

“Eric had a great meet, swimming some events he doesn't usually swim for us,” Morrow said. “He placed second in both the 200 free and 100 breaststroke. Our top point scorer for the meet was freshman Will Powers, who really put together two nice races in the 200 IM and 100 back going second and first. Dawson, Rece, Jori and Gavin Soukup also had great meets scoring 25 or more points each for the team total.”

Morrow doesn’t want his team to rest on its laurels as it has another big meet on Saturday in the Maize Invitational.

“With it being so early in the season, we obviously have a lot of things we can improve on, speed and endurance being two of the more important ones, but I am encouraged with the boys focus on racing for the team,” Morrow said. “These guys want to do everything they can to make MHS a strong swimming competitor.”

MHS results:

• 200 medley relay — 1. MHS A (Powers, Gaeddert, Stone and D. VanGoethem), 1:47.99. 7. MHS B (Reiman, J. VanGoethem, Silas Steinert and Walker), 1:58.14.

• 200 freestyle — 2. Gaeddert, 1:56.46. 5. Soukup, 2:04.76. 12. Simon Steinert, 2:17.76.

• 200 individual medley — 2. Powers, 2:13.85. 17. Stone, 2:43.16.

• 50 freestyle — 4. D. VanGoethem, 24.56. 27. Stafford, 29.99.

• 100 butterfly — 8. Silas Steinert, 1:06.12. 13. Stone, 1:11.45.

• 100 freestyle — 4. D. VanGoethem, 55.41. 5. J. VanGoethem, 58.07. 16. Walker, 1:07.13.

• 500 freestyle — 4. Soukup, 5:59.37. 6. Reiman, 6:03.30. 10. Simon Steinert, 6:28.53.

• 200 freestyle relay — 1. MHS A (Powers, Stone, D. VanGoethem and Gaeddert), 1:36.89.

• 100 backstroke — 1. Powers, 1:00.0. 4. Silas Steinert, 1:05.46. 5. Reiman, 1:05.52.

• 100 breaststroke — 2. Gaeddert, 1:06.91. 6. J. VanGoethem, 1:12.01. 16. Walker, 1:21.86.

• 400 freestyle relay — 4. MHS (Reiman, Silas Steinert, J. VanGoethem and Soukup), 3:44.69.